First, since this blog is all about honesty, I have a confession.
I intended to make a penne pasta with chicken and spinach in a garlic cream sauce.
Except, I forgot to thaw the spinach.
And if that wasn't bad enough, I quickly discovered that the heavy cream that I had just bought was sour
(and by just bought, I mean I bought it on Sunday.)
And yes, the expiration date was well into August. Harumph!
So two ingredients down, and I'm in a pinch.
I did something I rarely do. I experimented.
Much to my surprise IT WORKED. oh yeah momma!
Technically it's a penne pasta with chicken in a tomato-cream(y) sauce.
I was so surprised, I immediately said OHMIGAWD it's sooo good.
And had to share it with you.
So here's how it all happened.
Seasoned chicken breasts (salt, pepper and a little oregano) cooked on the stove in a little olive oil
In another pan, I started a roux - 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup flour
And pasta boiling on the stove
not an exciting picture, but I really wanted to show off the backsplash again! (sorry)
Look at the color on these babies!
is calling chicken breasts "babies" ok?
I kinda felt dirty there for a second... hmm
When the chicken cooked through, I set them aside.
I added a good 3 tablespoons of crushed garlic and a 1/2 cup of chicken broth to deglaze the pan
I also added a chicken boullion cube for a little more flavor
Meanwhile, I whisked in some chicken broth into the roux, to build that part of the sauce
And added some tomato sauce to my garlic/chicken broth base.
are you ready for this?
are you sure?
Ok. here it is.
I combined the two sauces.
and whisked them together
looks a bit like a vodka sauce eh?
while those two sauces simmered and became one, I cubed the chicken
This is the really elegant part. Are you ready?
are you sure?
I threw the chicken and pasta into the sauce.
and added ricotta cheese.
MIND BLOWING, right??
I introduced all the ingredients to each other
You'll never believe what I did next.
Go on, guess.
That's not it either.
Want me to tell you?
ok, here goes..
I topped it with cheese.
you didn't see that one coming, did you?
I baked it for about 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven to let everything melt together, and
It was so good, I said it twice.
Tomorrow: leftovers report!
It's a new day in the kitchen!